Darlington Lingotot Centre

Darlington Lingotot Centre

Hi. My name is Lucy Cass. I am a local Mum of two from Darlington and a trained Modern Foreign Language Teacher. After working in a Secondary School for many years and having my family, I decided I wanted a job, that was more flexible and family friendly so bought Lingotot Darlington which covers Darlington, Richmond, Northallerton and Barnard Castle. We are now in our seventh year of trading. I can really see the benefits to early language learning and love delivering our fun and interactive sessions to children from birth to age 11 through community classes, online sessions, nurseries/pre-schools and primary schools. Primary schools, nurseries and parents also love what we do. We have WON Best Language Class with Kallikids - a parent recommended provider and Best Children's Modern Foreign Language provider - North East England with Lux Life magazine.

We learn in a friendly and relaxed environment and sessions include songs, games/play, stories and simple craft activities. As well as learning another language, children also gain a great many other important skills too eg. learning to listen, share/take turns. Our sessions are planned in line with children's ages and abilities and we are the only language provider to offer an accredited course to our KS2 learners. Our Forest school sessions are prooving to be very popular too. Children learn a new language through nature.

 Contact me Lucy Cass at darlington@lingotot.com if you would like to attend a community class/online session or are an interested nursery, pre-school or primary school.We are back to offering face to face sessions, working with nurseries and schools offering PPA and after school clubs and we also have an online session available. 

Do not hesitate to get in touch and see how you can get involved!





  • From nurseries
  • From parents
  • From schools


Tuesdays are full of fun and language at Incy Wincy's. It is 10 months since Lucy joined us building even more vocabulary into our pre-school day. The children rush to greet her with a jolly "bonjour", eager to get started. Our little linguists also love to sing along with Lucy knowing she will have some wonderful props to capture their attention. With both our French groups having almose completed the core vocabulary sessions we are very exccited to be moving on to Lingotot Forest School after Easter - we can not imagine life at Incy Wincy's without our weekly visit from Lucy!

Megan - Pre-School Room Leader

March 2022 Nursery testimonial

Our Pre school children love their weekly French lessons with Lucy.

They enjoy the fun, lively sessions that Lucy delivers with a wealth of superb resources.

The children learn the names of animals, food, colours, numbers and so much more.

The lessons are well planned and at the right level for an Early Years class.

Our parents are so impressed by how much French vocabulary the children are able to recite at home.

Thank you Lucy.

Gill - Pre school Leader

Forest School sessions.

The children at Banana Moon, Catterick get very excited on a Wednesday morning, eagerly awaiting Lucy's arrival. In such a small space of time the children have learnt so much in our Forest School French classes. Lucy has always got some great activities planned for the children and learning outdoors is great. The children are always very proud of their achievements. Couldn't recommend Lucy enough.

J Garbutt - Manager

Forest School sessions at preschool setting

We just wanted to say thank you so much to Lucy for delivering Forest School Lingotots to our pre-school children. The children look forward to this every week and learn so much. The fact that they are outside and embrace the Forest School ethos is an added bonus too. We would thoroughly recommend Lucy and Lingotots to anyone.

Claire - Owner

Why I love Lingotot?

I love Lingotots classes because my daughter comes home from nursery so excited to tell me about it and what she has learned. She hasn't been able to attend any since lock down but she said Je m'appelle Lucy randomly yesterday!! My son used to have classes at the nursery too and mentioned words he remembered. He hasn't had lessons for 2 years! It's brilliant.

A Hall

Scorton pre-school sessions

Just wanted to say how much T has loved his French Fridays and he always comes home bursting with the new French words and songs to teach us. He will miss the sessions when he starts school in September. Thanks so much.

Mum of T - Scorton pre-school

Hurworth - Little Acorns Nursery

Lucy from Lingotots visits our nursery once a week to deliver a quality French session to a group of children. She is always friendly and professional, developing a good relationship with both staff and children alike. Her sessions are fun and include a good mix of activities to stimulate the children's interests and enthusiasm including singing, puppets and use of the parachute which the children love! We would highly recommend her to anyone looking to develop French (or another language) within their setting.

Sue (Deputy Manager)

Pre-school provision

Lucy has been to the pre-school I work in for two terms and she is wonderful. My daughter was able to attend her sessions and a year on she still knows and sings the songs. Lucy has a great rapport with all the children and makes the sessions fun and enjoyable as well as educational. I myself have also learnt a lot from Lucy, so it's not just beneficial to the little ones and I am considering the classes for adults :)

Katie Ireson - Practitioner at Sadberge pre-school

Spring term 2019 Scorton preschool.

The children are enjoying learning French and really look forward to Fridays! Lucy's sessions are great fun and are planned to really reach the young children we have in the setting. Parents tell us children are remembering and singing songs at home! We would recommend Lingotots to any early years provider looking to extend their curriculum to include learning about other languages.

Many thanks Lucy for the well planned and organised fun sessions.

Scorton Village pre-school, Scorton, Richmond

WORLD BOOK DAY 2019 - Special story telling session

Thank you Lingotots Darlington for a wonderful and engaging story telling session that was enjoyed by all.

Mowden pre-school, Darlington

Sadberge Pre-school weekly sessions

Lucy visits weekly and is always punctual and professional. The children eagerly await her arrival. Lucy makes the French language sessions FUN, and they are age appropriate. Lucy captures the children's attention with quirky French songs, dances and stories, which all complement the area of learning. Feed back from parents has been positive with several saying their children have been using French language at home. Thank you Lucy, we all love your visits to Sadberge Pre-school.

Karen English - Senior Practitoner

Mowden Pre-school - Manager.

Lucy is highly professional, she links the children's learning to the EYFS curriculum and also tailored sessions to the children's level of learning. Half an hour sessions were just the right length for our 3-4 year olds. The children were engaged throughout and picked up so much French, even starting to use some of the language outside the sessions. The children looked forward to Lucy's visits and we will certainly be using Lingotot Darlington again.

C Lamb

Online sessions Spring Term 2022

My 6 and 8 year old really enjoy their online French lesons with Lucy from Lingotot. There are always songs and games making it fun and easier to remember. They are engrossed with the lesson from start to finish and love sharing what they've learnt with us.


2021 Zoom sessions

I has absolutely loved her French lessons on Zoom every Saturday morning. It has been so lovely for her to have something to look forward to each week during lock down. Lucy makes the classes very fun for children and I always has a smile on her face after the session. I would highly recommend all of the classes that Lucy does, she's great!


Saturday am session.

My 6 year old daughter really enjoys her Saturday morning Zoom session. Thank you Lucy for providing a great service.


Little Acorns nursery 2021

My little one has attended for 1-1 and a half years. I only started her because her friend was going. A family member told me not to bother as French at age 3 was a waste of money. They couldn't have been more wrong! Bella loves this class. She talks about French with such affection and enthusiasm. It's increased her confidence. She actively talks about French and I know she's super engaged in all the activities. We bumped into Lucy in Matalan before Christmas and Lucy actively introduced herself. She seems super warm and actively interested in the students and Bella was genuinely pleased and warm towards her. There seems to be a lovely bond between students and teacher and the class is thoroughly enjoyed.

Helen Marie

Loved learning together.

My daughter took part in Lingotot classes as an after school club and since the start of this latest lockdown she has taken part in Zoom lessons each week which she has LOVED! Lucy makes sure the classes are fun and interactive and we have enjoyed learning together. It has been such a nice addition to home schooling for us. I'd definitely recommend Lucy and Lingotot!


Where better to start your child's language learning?

We have been attending French lessons with Lucy for coming up to 5 years now. Both our girls 5 and 3 have loved learning French with Lucy. Lessons are always engaging with a huge variety of activities and interaction. If you want to introduce your child to a second language you couldn't find a better place to start.


February 2021

When a group is good enough to remember and go back to after 3 years, you know it must be good. My little girl joined Lingotots as a 2 year old. We stopped when she started school but have joined again 3 years on, to continue her language development. A great teacher in person and Zoom.


January 2021 Zoom session.

My son and I thoroughly enjoyed Lucy's French class! It was so much fun and Lucy was really engaging. I couldn't believe that for his first time, my 22 month old paid attention the entire lesson and even repeated some words. We were very happy with and would highly recommend Lingotot and Lucy's classes!


I love Lingotot classes

I love Lingotot classes because my daughters have been going since they were tiny. My eldest is now at school so can't go but my youngest has been going for 2 years now and I love how she's developing into a fabulous little linguist. We talk about Lingotot classes with everyone we meet and she has so much vocabulary and absolutely loves it! It's so important for children to have a second language these days and this is probably the best bit....it's reignited my love of languages :)


Why we love Lingotot Darlington?

I love Lingotots because my son loves Lingotots classes!! I've been taking Ethan to Lucy's class since he was 6 months old and he is nearly 4 now! Lucy is lovely with the children. There's always lots of signing, dancing, fun and laughter...She makes the lessons interactive and engaging so my son doesn't realise he's learning, he just thinks it's playtime. I also love how during the lock down she has gone above and beyond to help with home learning sending resources and making videos to assist with the different themes we have tried at home. Ethan has loved seeing Lucy and his friends in the Zoom classes too. They've been brilliant at giving some semblance of routine and normality. Thank you Lingotot Darlington.

C Havelaar

French Zoom sessions - May 2020

Lucy has created sessions that are inclusive of all abilities. We have really enjoyed attending the Zoom sessions which have taken away the rigmarole of leaving home! We can't wait for our next session. Thank you.

S Teasdale

French 2019 Monday mornings

Lovely sessions that F enjoys. Very interactive. Loves the singing.

Vickie N

December 2019 French

Lovely fun but relaxed group. Am absolutely sure my little boy's language is improving as a result of attending. He's 16 months now and hope to keep bringing him for years to come.


Northallerton 2019

At first I was unsure about this activity as my son was only 5 moths when we started but that has now changed. Lucy is a great teacher making it fun and keeping it simple with bitesize bits of information in French which are repeated throughout the activity, with song and visual aids. Highly recommended.

N Stanbra

Northallerton Summer 2019

Lovely, friendly class. Very inclusive for mum and baby!

Debbie Herrington

French review

We've been attending Lucy's French class for just over a year now. My 2 year old loves it. Although she's often quite shy and quiet in the lesson (although this is changing) it all goes in, and she comes out at home. My parents live in France and my daughter loves to FaceTime them and tell then what she's learned this week. She keeps me right and loves singing all the songs. She gets very cross if I get the words wrong! Lucy is so patient with them all and really promotes their learning through various games and songs and stories. It's a really lovely class.

Clare Mitchell

Mon French 2019

My daughter has been attending the sessions for some time now and thoroughly enjoys the lessons. She is developing confidence and skills of socialisation as well as an understanding of French. We enjoy how Lucy does popular stories and adapts them for the learning and includes all abilities and ages in the class.


French Jan 2019

Great atmosphere in classes! We love the lessons, they're all interactive, inclusive and lots of fun. I'd highly recommend starting a language at a young age, they enjoy the songs and fun so absorb everything shown to them! FIVE STARS!!!


French at Danesmoor - Fri 2019

My son really enjoys French class with all the dancing and snacks. Lucy is very good with her French and the children. I would recommend this class to others.

Jade Debnath

Friday French Jan 2019

Such a lovely playgroup providing an amazing learning skill of another language at a fab pace for young ones. Excellent value for money. One of our favourite mornings of the week (and mammy learns too :))


Spring Term 2019

Great session, very interactive and fun. My little girl has really come out of her shell since starting this class. C'est tres bien!


Halloween taster session

We had a fantastic first experience of Lingotots. My 2 year old little boy was fully engaged all the way through the session - fascinated by the use of props and interactive play. By the end of the first session he showed thorough understanding for what he had been taught and I caught him counting to 5 in French!

Lisa Todd

Monday French sessions

Lucy's sessions are engaging and interactive and always so well prepared, generating amazing interest from the children. It's incredible how much knowledge little ones pick up during such fun play. My daughter has been attending Lingotots sine she was 10 months old, and has thoroughly enjoyed it from the start. We'd highly recommend it to anyone.

Carl Swift

Sponsored Child 2017-2018

Emily was two and a half when she first started Lingotot, she attended every Friday with her Grandma.

We found the class very fun and Lucy was great with the children, who all varied in age.

Emily's favourite part of the class was the parachute and singing the French version of the Hokey Cokey, which she can now sing herself very well!

Emily soon picked up "Hello" and "Good bye" in French, with Lucy greeting her every session.

Emily looked forward to the class every week, asking every day "When are we going to French?" She looked forward to every aspect of it, from the singing, stories, snacks and stickers!

Emily can now count to 13 in French, say "Hello" and "Good bye". She also knows a few animals such as dog, cat and rabbit. Lucy was absolutely great with the children. I'm so proud of how much Emily has learned for her age and I think it's a really good class for children of any age to attend.

We're continuing French this term and can't wait to see what else Lucy has to teach Emily.

Kirsty Liddell

Tuesday French sessions.

Both my children really enjoyed French class. They would regularly ask to " Go to Bonjour". Lucy has a very friendly approach, with a mixture of songs, dancing and games. Would certainly recommend this class.

Katia Howard

Melsonby community class

A lovely way to get children learning French in their early learning years whilst having fun.

Ian Lax (Grandad)

Melsonby community class

The sessions are always lively and  targeted at the age of the children. Lucy always shows infinite patience and enthusiasm. Nous aimons beaucoup Lingotots.

Mick Balmer (Grandad)

Friday French session

My daughter and I have thoroughly enjoyed the Lingotot sessions. She has grown in confidence over the past few months and it is lovely to watch her engaging in the session. My hope is that the lessons will set her up well.

Chris Gibson

Friday French session

Fantastic group. Educational and fun. Both myself and daughter have really enjoyed it.

Rachel Coates

Friday French session

Very varied sessions. J is 20 months and remembers some of the songs/vocab done in sessions. He looks forward to coming too!

Anna Kingsley

Baby, toddler, pre-school session.

My grand-daughter looks forward to each session and has gained confidence with her peers within the group. The patience and expertise of Lucy (the teacher) are second to none and instrumental in the enjoyment of the group.


Baby, toddler, pre-school session.

Lucy is excellent. My daughter who is 4 has learnt lots. I would recommend to anyone.


Northallerton session - baby, toddler, pre-school.

Brilliant class, suitable for my 8 month old, always included in the session and engages with the class. Very impressed, good value for money, friendly and good fun.


After school French

We love After School Lingotot French! Of all their activities, they enjoy this the best. They have learnt lots - especially my youngest. It's great for their confidence too.


Richmond session - Baby, toddler, pre-school

L has progressively enjoyed more and more each session - in new situations he is quite shy, but Lucy's gentle, patient manner has been just the right approach. L loves to interact when confident and observes and listens well till confident - he has shown he understands lots of the actions to the French songs - use of French words will come later. Sessions have been just the right pace for L to enjoy and concentrate, he has loved to participate with other children and he has had the Lingotot book to practice at home in a fun way too. Many thanks for fun Wednesday mornings.


Baby, toddler, pre-school session.

Enjoy the sessions! Great idea to learn languages for both - a mother and a child!

Elena Carter

Baby, toddler, pre-school session.

We love our sessions. Even though my little girl doesn't always look like she joins in, she talks about it all the time and sings all the songs at home.

Nikki Page

After school French

Lovely class with brilliant instructor. Both my girls enjoy every class.

Sarah Williams

Baby, toddler, pre-school session.

My little girl really enjoys French - enough that we travel half an hour to be here! There is a good variety in activites and resources.

Trevor Smith

Baby, toddler, pre-school session.

Fantastic group. Lucy is brilliant with the children. My little boy loves coming to French. We will be back.


Baby, toddler, pre-school session.

Wonderful sessions. Very interactive. Baby thoroughly enjoyed and the benefit to her was so clear - she loved it. Helps parents learn too.

Jane Scott

Baby, toddler, pre-school session.

Very informative and my little girl is obviously learning. Really enjoy the class.

Melba Reed

Baby, toddler, pre-school session.

These sessions are wonderful! A great mix of activities to suit all interests. Lucy shows much enthusiasm, and has the patience of a Saint with my full of beans toddler! I'd highly recommend the sessions to anyone.

Amy Watson

Lingotot sessions through after school club

We love Lingotot as my daughter loves the sessions and has learnt lots. It has made her fascinated with France - she wants to move there!

S Litchfield

Lingotot sessions through after school club

We love Lingotot as my daughter loves the sessions and has learnt lots. It has made her fascinated with France - she wants to move there!

S Litchfield

KS2 provision - Accredited course

The children have thoroughly enjoyed a more practical, active approach to learning French. Parents have commented on how their children are coming home sharing and practising what they have learned in the lessons and that the children seem to really enjoy the speaking activities in particular. The activities are done in a fun and active way with focus on speaking the language and conversing to their peers. All in all, a good investment to get the children speaking a foreign language.

R Goodchild - Assistant Head Teacher-Great Smeaton Academy primary school

Contact Darlington

Tel: 0845 680 8148
Email: darlington@lingotot.com
Twitter @LingototDarlin1

Current Classes

Baby, Toddler, Preschool French

Total course price: £41.65

7 sessions starting on
Mon, Jun 5, 2023 9:30 AM

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